Here is the winner of the Tomorrow Prize, Matilda Berke, a high school junior, for her amazing short story ROCKSTAR. I predict great things for this very gifted writer. These are the four talented finalists and the actors who read their wonderful stories at the presentation yesterday at the
Click on the photo above to see it larger. I’m one of the final judges for The Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction written by students. The winner not only wins prizes but their school also benefits. All winners will be announced at a presentation and performance in May. So
Gillian G., a very talented illustrator, did these while watching our panel. I can’t believe someone can do that — amazing. Her link is at the end. I purposely left off any reference to Callie’s hair color so readers could imagine themselves in her shoes. But I intentionally wanted to make the
I am in the writing cave, working on a new, secret project that I’m excited about. It’s not a Starters book, but something new. However, I was asked to be on the “Tense and Sensibility” Panel, “Ways to Tackle Tragedy in Young Adult Literature” at BinderconLA. With a title like
The WGA Foundation presented a Master Class today with John Sayles, shown here with moderator and writer Josh Olson (History of Violence). Sayles is known for his many indie films that he wrote and directed with funds from writing Hollywood screenplays. He impressed us all with his intelligence and openness.
If you’re near Orange County next Tuesday night, I’m breaking out of my writing cave to be at the Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach. I was at this pretty location a couple of years ago, talking about Starters to a great crowd. This time I’ll be talking about SYMPTOMS
I’m happy to announce that both books published recently in Thailand! I LOVE these covers! The design is so clever – when you put the books together, it forms this landscape. Smart, eh?I visited Thailand several years before I was published, and it’s a wonderful place. The food of
A really great year at the LJWC! Here’s bestselling author Andrew Peterson and I team teaching “The Villain Drives the Story.” This was so much fun. I’ve never done a PowerPoint presentation with another author like this before, but it was a big success with a lot of positive feedback.
I enjoyed meeting librarians and seeing my fellow YA and MG authors at the CLA signing last week. I was sitting next to two terrific writers, Sherri Smith and Catherine Linka. The poster below me is the Thai version of Starters next to Enders in the poster. Don’t you love
Immediately after the CLA conference signing, I am heading down to the 15th annual LJWC. You may remember I gave a keynote there last year. I love seeing many of the returning students and meeting new ones. This year I’m teaching my Query 911 again, where I discuss recent successful queries that